JIS News

Work on the construction of the new Banbury Bridge in Linstead St. Catherine is advanced, and should be completed by year-end, said Manager for Communications and Customer Service at the National Works Agency (NWA), Stephen Shaw.
Mr. Shaw told JIS News that the work was 65 per cent complete and “we are now to do the decking on the bridge to complete its construction”.
The $34.2 million project, which is being undertaken by B & H Construction Company, is intended to replace the existing structure with new alignment put in place.
While actual construction of the Banbury Bridge began in July 2003, the NWA Manager said the project was beset by some challenges that delayed its completion, particularly the difficulty experienced by the Agency in acquiring the land that was needed. The issue of land acquisition set back construction by a year, he informed.
The Banbury project is part of a comprehensive bridge rehabilitation and replacement exercise being undertaken island wide under the R.A Murray Programme, which is funded by the governments of Jamaica and Canada and the Mabey and Johnson Programme, which is funded by the British government.
In March this year, Karl Patterson, a Senior Director at the NWA, told JIS News that a major bridge programme had been implemented aimed at replacing a lot of the old worn bridges.
“We have 47 of them planned in the Mabey and Johnson Programme and to put in place some 25 under the R.A Murray Canadian programme that are currently at varying stages of procurement, design, supply and construction,” Mr. Patterson said.
Minister of Housing, Transport, Water and Works, Robert Pickersgill, toured the site of the Banbury Bridge earlier in the year, and informed that the overpass would be a catalyst for development in the Linstead community and the parish by extension.